WAR Paint Exhibition
WARpaint aimed to raise funding for charities that support serving veterans and serving personnel who are living with the devastating and life-changing effects of war.
WARpaint is an arts project that raised funding for charities that support serving veterans and serving personnel who are living with the devastating and life-changing effects of war. WARpaint was founded by artist, Caroline de Peyrecave. Caroline usually works by commission from her London studio. She has devoted her time to this project in order to help others.
The core of the project is a selection of life size portraits of living sailors, soldiers and aircrew, men and women, representing conflicts that the United Kingdom has been involved in since World War Two.
Painted by Caroline, the 12 pictures now hang at DMRC Stanford Hall the new rehabilitation centre in the Midlands where they motivate others.
For a few years, the full-length portraits have been loaned in return for donation to companies and individuals. The proceeds raised were over £80k and have been distributed to charities that support wounded veterans, including Combat Stress, Stoll, Walking With the Wounded and the The Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust.
WARpaint generated valuable funds for worthy charities and hopes to raise awareness of the effects of conflict through art. Many of Caroline’s sitters themselves, injured veterans, believe in the therapeutic value of art. They found the experience of being painted offered a chance to reflect on the impact of conflict on their lives and how they live today. Caroline focused on the positive aspects of of what her sitters were doing in their day to day lives, asking open questions and allowing for a natural and easy conversation which is reflected in each painting.
The WARPaint Paintings
The WARPaint Sketches
These 13 large sketches are for sale to companies and individuals in return for a donation to WARpaint, with all proceeds going to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, the Army Benevolent Fund – The Soldiers’ Charity, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund and Blind Veterans UK.
They currently hang at Stanford Hall, DMRC where they are used as part of the rehabilitation process for patients.
“I went down to Caroline’s studio in London for my first sitting for my portrait. I was a bit unsure what to expect but straight away Caroline put me to rest and showed me some of other paintings over a coffee.
Once up in the studio it was a quick change in to my GB Race kit and how she wanted me to hold the dragon boat paddle. She took some photos and then she started to work and I couldn’t believe how fast the painting came together.
I feel very honoured to have her paint my portrait and hope it inspires other Injured soldiers. Afghanistan was our war, now our injuries are our war and as Soldiers we never lay down to a fight”.
“I first met Caroline as a member of the cast of ‘The Two Worlds Of Charlie F’ a powerful, moving and often humorous play about the journey of British soldiers from point of injury through rehab and then on into civilian life.
Caroline had seen the play and asked if I would sit for a portrait. I am one of what might be called the ‘Older Veterans’ (I was injured in 1991 in Northern Ireland) and found myself feeling a little humble that she had asked me to sit for her and ultimately become part of WARpaint alongside some of the younger members of the Armed Forces injured in more recent conflicts.
Caroline’s approach was welcoming and relaxed immediately putting you at ease and as we chatted, drank coffee and entertained her cat she worked on the portrait… before I knew it a couple of hours had passed and she allowed me to see what she had painted, I was amazed at how much work she had done in what I saw as a relatively short time. Sitting for Caroline was a very enjoyable experience.
I believe that WARpaint is going to be a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to view and experience the unique images created by Caroline enabling them to perhaps have a glimpse into the lives of members of HM Forces who have been injured in conflict. ”